Get Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED at B&H Photo.
Well, that f/1.4 aperture at 105mm sure looks interesting.
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Three Extra Low-Dispersion Elements
- Nano Crystal Coating
- Silent Wave Motor AF System
- Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
- Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
- Protective Fluorine Coating
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
I do hope that the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED does not have the same breakdown in image quality at close range as the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G, but perhaps the 105/1.4E ED will be able to deliver the same impressive sharpness at f/1.4 as the Sony 85m f/1.4 GM: with 14 elements in 9 groups I expect very high performance.
It’s a shame that the 105/1.4E has no aperture ring to allow easy shooting on Sony mirrorless or on specialty rigs like the Cambo Mini View Camera; that would add versatility and value. But these days none of the new Nikon AF-S lenses do. I like the cross-platform flexibility of a real aperture ring as on classic Nikkors, or Zeiss DSLR lenses.
|Construction||14 elements in 9 groups|
|Aperture scale:||f/1.4 - f/16|
|Aperture blades:||9 blades|
|Magnification:||0.13X = 1:7.7|
|Minimum focus distance:||3.28 ft / 1 m|
|Angular of view:||20° 10'|
|Weight (nominal):||2.17 lb / 985 g|
|Dimensions:||Approx 3.72 x 4.17 in / 94.5 x 106 mm|
|Street price:||about $2196|
|Includes:||82mm Front Lens Cap
LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
HB-79 Lens Hood
CL1218 Soft Lens Case
Limited 1-Year Warranty, 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
Entering a new realm within the short telephoto lens market, the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens from Nikon is an incredibly bright portrait-length lens designed for FX-format F-mount DSLRs. The f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over focus for shallow depth of field imagery.
Maintaining clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range, the optical design utilizes extra-low dispersion glass to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and a Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to reduce flare and ghosting in strong lighting. Availing a range of unique possibilities for a telephoto lens, the combination of the 105mm focal length and fast maximum aperture greatly benefit portrait photographers as well as event shooters.
Balancing the optical attributes, the lens is also characterized by a Silent Wave Motor that produces fast, smooth, and quiet autofocus capabilities, along with the ability to manually override focus at any time for more selective control. An electromagnetic diaphragm is also featured for greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.
- This bright short telephoto prime lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs and can also be used on DX models, where it provides a 157.5mm equivalent focal length.
- Awesomely fast f/1.4 maximum aperture enables precise control over depth of field when working with selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
- Three extra-low dispersion glass elements are used in the optical construction to reduce a variety of chromatic aberrations for a high degree of clarity and color neutrality.
- A Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
- Fluorine coating on exposed elements affords protection to the optical system.
- Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that is ideal for photographing fast-moving subjects.
- Full-time manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems by just rotating the focus ring at any time.
- Internal focusing design maintains the overall lens length during operation and contributes to a lighter overall weight, as well as a minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
- Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.